From Library Journal
This book opens with an engaging survey of the history of photography, including information on how to identify and date ambrotypes, dry plates, and other processes. The book also includes an extensive discussion of trick photography (e.g., douple exposures), UFO photos, and photographing the paranormal. In addition, there is a chapter on the practical applications of investigative photography, including evidence and legal concerns. Nickell takes a unique approach to the history and various uses of photography and its ability to deceive and inform. Written in a clear, lively style, this book makes for fascinating reading and will be of keen interest to photography enthusiasts. Reasonably priced, especially given the scope, this book should be considered an essential acquisition for public and academic libraries-Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, Ill.
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"Written in a clear, lively style, this book makes for fascinating reading and will be of keen interest to photography enthusiasts." -- Library Journal
"The scope of this text is wide enough to accommodate a variety of photographic investigators.... The use of case studies from both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries bolsters the relevance of this handbook, which is a valuable tool for solving photographic mysteries." -- National Genealogical Society Quarterly
"Explains techniques in detecting fake photographs or copies and ways of restoring deteriorating images." -- Manchester (KY) Enterprise